Strings

The TCU School of Music offers a world-class education from a faculty that includes nationally and internationally recognized musicians in violin, viola, cello, bass, harp and guitar. The curriculum includes studio instruction, orchestral performance, chamber music study, instrumental pedagogy and several areas of special interest.

String studies at TCU are offered for both music majors and minors. Degree programs in string instruments include:

The School of Music also offers a Bachelor of Arts in music and a music minor.

In addition, the School of Music offers the Artist Diploma program for exceptional string performers who seek a conservatory approach rather than the traditional course of study leading to an academic degree with a performance major. It’s available to both pre-baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate students.

For undergraduates and graduates wanting to attend the TCU School of Music, there is an admissions process. Learn more about the audition requirements below.

Scholarship support is available for talented undergraduate music majors. Assistantships that include full-tuition remission plus a stipend are available for graduate students.

Misha Galaganov, BM, MM, DMA – Division Chair of Strings, Professor of Viola
Elisabeth Adkins, BM, MM, MMA, DMA – Professor of Violin
Laura Logan Brandenburg, BM, MM, DMA – Adjunct Faculty in Harp
Thomas Burchill, BFA, MME – Adjunct Faculty in Jazz Guitar
Jesús Castro-Balbi, BM, AD, MM, DMA – Professor of Cello
Chip Christ, BM, MM – Adjunct Faculty in Guitar
Kyp Green, BM – Adjunct Faculty in Jazz Bass
Haerim (Liz) Lee, BM, MM, DMA – Lecturer in Violin
Yuan Lu, BM, MM – Professor of Double Bass
Kirill (KeyReel) Raskolenko, BM, MM, AD – Adjunct Faculty in Traditional Music
Michael Shih, BM, MM – Distinguished Guest Professor of Violin

There are many performance opportunities at TCU. You will participate in solo recitals, concerts by the TCU Symphony, chamber music ensemble concerts, New Music Ensemble recitals, Collegium ensemble performances, opera productions and many others.

TCU offers several important string-related festivals and workshops: Chamber Music Roundup festival and Intensive String Quartet Workshop for advanced students, CelloFest, BassFest, Harp Workshop, and TCU Summer String Workshop. All of these programs offer students chances to work and perform with the best professional musicians in the world.

Symphony Orchestra
Chamber Music
Collegium Musicum (Early Music)
New Music Ensemble Program
Jazz Ensembles
Cello Ensemble
Harp Ensemble

More Ensembles

Many career options are available upon graduation, in the United States or globally. You’ll find TCU School of Music alumni in Dallas-Fort Worth area’s orchestras, teaching positions, leading community outreach programs like the B Sharp Foundation in Fort Worth, and establishing their own music businesses and conservatories. You can also find TCU music alumni across the United States and other countries having solo careers, leading sections of professional orchestras, touring with chamber music groups, or teaching.

Your faculty advisor will work with you to choose the right combination of courses and mentor you so you can reach your goals.

Schedule one-on-one meetings with your career consultant to learn more about everything Career Services has to offer music majors.

Career Preparation

Strings Audition Requirements

For entrance into the TCU School of Music and scholarship consideration, students are encouraged to audition in person before the TCU string faculty. All applicants applying for a music minor or non-major study in strings must audition.  A pre-screening video(s) is required for all applicants.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • Repertoire can be chosen from the planned live audition repertoire listed below, or it can include different selections.
  • It is not necessary to send complete concerto movements, although a significant portion (exposition, exposition/development, or exposition/cadenza, for example) is recommended.
  • For the other selections, contrast in styles is most helpful.

Audition Repertoire

  • First or last movement of a standard concerto, with cadenza if applicable
  • One movement of unaccompanied Bach
  • One other contrasting selection

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings. You will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

NORDAN YOUNG ARTIST AWARD

Nordan auditions require a live audition. To be considered for the Nordan prescreening process, you will need to prepare repertoire as explained below. 

Nordan Prescreening Repertoire

  • Repertoire can be chosen from the planned live audition repertoire listed below, or it can include different selections.
  • It is not necessary to send complete concerto movements, although a significant portion (exposition, exposition/development, or exposition/cadenza, for example) is recommended.
  • For the other selections, contrast in styles is most helpful.

Nordan Live Audition Repertoire

You will need to prepare repertoire chosen from:

  • First or last movement of a standard concerto, with cadenza if applicable
  • One movement of unaccompanied Bach
  • One other contrasting selection

Learn more about the Nordan Young Artist Award program.

For questions regarding specific violin audition repertoire, contact Dr. Elisabeth Adkins at e.adkins@tcu.edu.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • A fast movement of a concerto.
  • Two contrasting movements from a work for viola solo or two contrasting etudes or caprices.

Audition Repertoire

  • A fast movement of a concerto.
  • Two contrasting movements from a work for viola solo or two contrasting etudes or caprices.

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings. You will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

NORDAN YOUNG ARTIST AWARD

Nordan auditions require a live audition. To be considered for the Nordan prescreening process, you will need to prepare repertoire as explained below. 

Nordan Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • Repertoire can be chosen from the planned live audition repertoire listed below, or it can include different selections.
  • It is not necessary to send complete concerto movements, although a significant portion (exposition, exposition/development, or exposition/cadenza, for example) is recommended.
  • For the other selections, contrast in styles is most helpful.

Nordan Live Audition Repertoire

  • Three pieces representative of the Baroque, Classic, Romantic or 20th century periods (concertos may be selected).

Learn more about the Nordan Young Artist Award program.

Please contact Dr. Misha Galaganov at m.galaganov@tcu.edu with questions regarding repertoire selections and substitutions.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • A Prelude from any Suite by J. S. Bach.
  • A work showing virtuosity, such as an etude, a caprice, or a showpiece
  • The first movement of a concerto

Audition Repertoire

  • A Prelude from any Suite by J. S. Bach.
  • A work showing virtuosity, such as an etude, a caprice, or a showpiece
  • The first movement of a concerto

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings. You will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

NORDAN YOUNG ARTIST AWARD

Nordan auditions require a live audition. The above prescreening and audition repertoire guidelines also apply for the Nordan Award Auditions.

Learn more about the Nordan Young Artist Award program.

For cello audition repertoire questions, or to schedule a visit of the cello studio, write Dr. Jesús Castro-Balbi at j.castro-balbi@tcu.edu.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening video Repertoire

  • One movement from a standard sonata or concerto or comparable works for the standard double bass solo repertoire.

Audition Repertoire

  • One movement from a standard sonata or concerto or comparable works for the standard double bass solo repertoire.
  • Two orchestra excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings. You will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

NORDAN YOUNG ARTIST AWARD

Nordan auditions require a live audition. To be considered for the Nordan prescreening process, you will need to prepare repertoire as explained below. 

Nordan Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • Two pieces representative of the Baroque, Classic, or Romantic (concertos may be selected).

Nordan Live Audition Repertoire

  • Three pieces representative of the Baroque, Classic, Romantic or 20th century periods (concertos may be selected).

Learn more about the Nordan Young Artist Award program.

For any additional questions for BM, BME, BA, and Nordan, please contact Professor Yuan Lu at y.lu@tcu.edu regarding repertoire selections and substitutions.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

A performance from memory of three works from contrasting musical style periods, including:

  • Etudes by Aguado, Carcassi, Guiliani or Sor (Segovia edition).
  • Works by Milan, Bach, Tarrega, Villa Lobos, and Brouwer (not etude).

Audition repertoire

A performance from memory of three works from contrasting musical style periods, including:

  • Etudes by Aguado, Carcassi, Guiliani or Sor (Segovia edition).
  • Works by Milan, Bach, Tarrega, Villa Lobos, and Brouwer (not etude).

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings. You will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

NORDAN YOUNG ARTIST AWARD

Nordan auditions require a live audition. To be considered for the Nordan prescreening process, you will need to prepare repertoire as explained below. 

Nordan Prescreening Video Repertoire:

  • Two pieces representative of the Baroque, Classic, or Romantic (concertos may be selected).

Nordan Live Audition Repertoire:

  • Three pieces representative of the Baroque, Classic, Romantic or 20th century periods (concertos may be selected).

Learn more about the Nordan Young Artist Award program.

Please contact Mr. Chip Christ at g.christ@tcu.edu with questions about audition repertoire or substitutions.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round. Applicants applying for a music minor or non-major study in strings must audition. 

Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • Three solo works of differing styles from standard harp literature, including but not limited to works of Grandjany, Salzedo, Renie, Hasselmans and Tournier that best represent the student’s current level of performance.
  • Selections should demonstrate technical proficiency and musicianship. Memorization is encouraged but not required.
  • A major cadenza from orchestral repertoire (such as Tchaikovsky Waltz of the Flowers, Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol or Britten Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra) may be substituted for one of the solos.

Audition Repertoire

  • Three solo works of differing styles from standard harp literature, including but not limited to works of Grandjany, Salzedo, Renie, Hasselmans and Tournier that best represent the student’s current level of performance.
  • Selections should demonstrate technical proficiency and musicianship. Memorization is encouraged but not required.
  • A major cadenza from orchestral repertoire (such as Tchaikovsky Waltz of the Flowers, Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol or Britten Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra) may be substituted for one of the solos.

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings. You will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

NORDAN YOUNG ARTIST AWARD

Nordan Auditions require a live audition. To be considered for the Nordan prescreening process, you will need to prepare repertoire as explained below. 

Nordan Prescreening Video Repertoire:

  • Two contrasting pieces representative of standard advanced solo harp literature. (A concerto movement plus a solo piece may be selected).
  • Music must be performed from memory.

Nordan Live Audition Repertoire:

  • Three contrasting pieces representative of standard advanced solo harp literature. (A concerto movement plus two solo pieces may be selected).
  • Music must be performed from memory.

Learn more about the Nordan Young Artist Award program.

For questions regarding specific harp audition repertoire contact Dr. Laura Logan Brandenburg at l.logan@tcu.edu.

A pre-screening video(s) is required for all applicants.

Violin

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • First or last movement of a standard concerto, with cadenza if applicable
  • Two movements of unaccompanied Bach
  • One other contrasting selection

Audition Repertoire

  • First or last movement of a standard concerto, with cadenza if applicable
  • Two movements of unaccompanied Bach
  • One other contrasting selection

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings. You will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

For questions regarding specific violin audition repertoire contact Dr. Elisabeth Adkins at e.adkins@tcu.edu.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you are invited to the live audition round.

Pre-Screening Repertoire

  • First or last movement of a standard concerto, with cadenza if applicable
  • One movement of unaccompanied Bach
  • One other contrasting selection

Live Audition Repertoire
A recital program displaying a variety of styles and genres, including but not limited to:

  • 2 movements of unaccompanied Bach
  • 2 contrasting movements from a standard concerto
  • A movement from a sonata for violin and piano
  • Orchestral excerpts may be included

DMA Auditions require a live audition. For questions regarding specific violin audition repertoire contact Dr. Elisabeth Adkins at e.adkins@tcu.edu.

 

Viola

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • A fast movement of a concerto
  • Two contrasting movements from a work for viola solo or two contrasting etudes or caprices

Audition Repertoire

  • A fast movement of a concerto
  • Two contrasting movements from a work for viola solo or two contrasting etudes or caprices

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings. You will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

Please contact Dr. Misha Galaganov at m.galaganov@tcu.edu with questions regarding repertoire selections and substitutions.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you are invited to the live audition round.

Prescreening Repertoire

  • A fast movement of a concerto
  • Two contrasting movements from a work for viola solo or two contrasting etudes or caprices

Live Audition Repertoire
A recital program displaying a variety of styles and genres, including but not limited to:

  • A work for viola solo, such as by Bach, Hindemith, Reger, Uhl, etc.
  • A complete concerto
  • A caprice and/or a short show piece

DMA Auditions require a live audition. Please contact Dr. Misha Galaganov at m.galaganov@tcu.edu with questions regarding repertoire selections and substitutions.

 

Cello

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • A Prelude and a dance from Suites 3, 4, 5, or 6 by J. S. Bach
  • A work showing virtuosity, such as an etude, a caprice, or a showpiece
  • The first movement of a concerto

Audition Repertoire

  • A Prelude from any Suite by J. S. Bach
  • A work showing virtuosity, such as an etude, a caprice, or a showpiece
  • The first movement of a concerto
  • A work by a composer from the state or country in which you attended high school

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings. You will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

For cello auditions questions, or to schedule a visit of the cello studio, write Dr. Jesús Castro-Balbi at j.castro-balbi@tcu.edu.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you are invited to the live audition.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • A Prelude and a dance from Suites 3, 4, 5, or 6 by J. S. Bach
  • A work showing virtuosity, such as an etude, a caprice, or a showpiece
  • The first movement of a concerto

Live Audition Repertoire

A program displaying a variety of styles and genres, including:

  • A Prelude and a dance from Suites 3, 4, 5, or 6 by J. S. Bach
  • A work showing virtuosity, such as an etude, a caprice, or a showpiece
  • The first movement of a concerto
  • A work by a composer from the state or country in which you attended high school

DMA Auditions require a live audition. For cello auditions questions, or to schedule a visit of the cello studio, write Dr. Jesús Castro-Balbi at j.castro-balbi@tcu.edu.

 

Double Bass

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • One movement from a standard sonata or concerto or comparable works for the standard double bass solo repertoire
  • A double bass solo of your choice that reflects a diversity of style from the first selection

Audition Repertoire

  • One movement from a standard sonata or concerto or comparable works for the standard double bass solo repertoire
  • A double bass solo of your choice that reflects a diversity of style from the first selection
  • Three orchestra excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings. You will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

If alternate audition repertoire is desired, please contact Professor Yuan Lu at y.lu@tcu.edu or call 817-257-4465 for approval.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you are invited to the live audition round.

Pre-Screening Repertoire

  • One movement from a standard sonata or concerto or comparable works for the standard double bass solo repertoire.
  • A movement from the Bach cello suites.
  • Two orchestra excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.

Live Audition Repertoire

  • One movement from a standard sonata or concerto or comparable works for the standard double bass solo repertoire.
  • A double bass solo of your choice that reflects a diversity of style from the first selection.
  • Three orchestra excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.

DMA Auditions require a live audition. If alternate audition repertoire is desired, please contact Professor Yuan Lu at y.lu@tcu.edu or call 817-257-4465 for approval.

 

Guitar (MM)

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

A performance from memory of three works from contrasting musical style periods, including as follows:

  • Etudes by Aguado, Carcassi, Guiliani, or Sor (Segovia edition)
  • Works by Milan, Bach, Tarrega, Villa Lobos, and Brouwer (not etude).

Audition Repertoire

A performance from memory of three works from contrasting musical style periods, including as follows:

  • Etudes by Aguado, Carcassi, Guiliani, or Sor (Segovia edition)
  • Works by Milan, Bach, Tarrega, Villa Lobos, and Brouwer (not etude).

Live auditions are recommended or via video if you cannot attend the live general audition dates. In the case of a video audition, you will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

Please contact Mr. Chip Christ at g.christ@tcu.edu with questions about audition repertoire or substitutions.

 

Harp (MM)

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • Two solo works of contrasting styles from standard harp literature, including but not limited to works of Grandjany, Salzedo, Renie and Tournier that best represent the student’s current level of performance. Selections should demonstrate technical proficiency and musicianship. Memorization is required.
  • One movement of a standard solo harp concerto, such as Gliere, Ginastera, Boieldieu, or Debussy, performed from memory, or a single movement work, such as Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro or Pierne’s Concertstuck.

Audition Repertoire

  • Two solo works of contrasting styles from standard harp literature, including but not limited to works of Grandjany, Salzedo, Renie and Tournier that best represent the student’s current level of performance. Selections should demonstrate technical proficiency and musicianship. Memorization is required.
  • One movement of a standard solo harp concerto, such as Gliere, Ginastera, Boieldieu, or Debussy, performed from memory, or a single movement work, such as Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro or Pierne’s Concertstuck

Live auditions are recommended or via video if you cannot attend the live general audition dates. In the case of a video audition, you will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round. For questions regarding specific harp audition repertoire contact Dr. Laura Logan Brandenburg at l.logan@tcu.edu.

For entrance into the TCU School of Music Artist Diploma program, applicants are encouraged to audition in person before the TCU string faculty. A pre-screening video(s) is required for all applicants.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • First or last movement of a standard concerto, with cadenza if applicable
  • One movement of unaccompanied Bach
  • One other contrasting selection

Audition Repertoire

  • First or last movement of a standard concerto, with cadenza if applicable
  • One movement of unaccompanied Bach
  • One other contrasting selection

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings. You will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

For questions regarding specific violin audition repertoire, contact Dr. Elisabeth Adkins at e.adkins@tcu.edu.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • A fast movement of a concerto.
  • Two contrasting movements from a work for viola solo or two contrasting etudes or caprices.

Audition Repertoire

  • A fast movement of a concerto.
  • Two contrasting movements from a work for viola solo or two contrasting etudes or caprices.

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings. You will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

Please contact Dr. Misha Galaganov at m.galaganov@tcu.edu with questions regarding repertoire selections and substitutions.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • A Prelude and a dance from Suites 3, 4, 5, or 6 by J. S. Bach
  • A work showing virtuosity, such as an etude, a caprice, or a showpiece
  • The first movement of a concerto

Audition Repertoire

  • A Prelude from any Suite by J. S. Bach
  • A work showing virtuosity, such as an etude, a caprice, or a showpiece
  • The first movement of a concerto
  • A work by a composer from the state or country in which you attend(ed) high school

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings. You will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

For cello auditions questions, or to schedule a visit of the cello studio, write Dr. Jesús Castro-Balbi atj.castro-balbi@tcu.edu.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • One movement from a standard sonata or concerto or comparable works for the standard double bass solo repertoire.

Audition Repertoire

  • One movement from a standard sonata or concerto or comparable works for the standard double bass solo repertoire.
  • A movement from the Bach cello suites or a virtuoso piece of your choiceli>
  • Three orchestra excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings. You will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

If alternate audition repertoire is desired, please contact Professor Yuan Lu at y.lu@tcu.edu or call (817) 257-4465 for approval.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

A performance from memory of three works from contrasting musical style periods, including as follows:

  • Etudes by Aguado, Carcassi, Guiliani, or Sor (Segovia edition)
  • Works by Milan, Bach, Tarrega, or Brouwerli

Audition  Repertoire

A performance from memory of three works from contrasting musical style periods, including as follows:

  • Etudes by Aguado, Carcassi, Guiliani, or Sor (Segovia edition)
  • Works by Milan, Bach, Tarrega, or Brouwerli

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings. You will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

Please contact Mr. Chip Christ at g.christ@tcu.edu to request details about audition requirements.

A prescreening video is required of all applicants. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

Prescreening Video Repertoire

  • Two solo works of contrasting styles from standard harp literature, including but not limited to works of Grandjany, Salzedo, Renie and Tournier that best represent the student’s current level of performance. Selections should demonstrate technical proficiency and musicianship. Memorization is required.li>
  • One movement of a standard solo harp concerto, such as Gliere, Ginastera, Boieldieu, or Debussy, performed from memory, or a single movement work, such as Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro or Pierne’s Concertstuck.

Audition Repertoire

  • Two solo works of contrasting styles from standard harp literature, including but not limited to works of Grandjany, Salzedo, Renie and Tournier that best represent the student’s current level of performance. Selections should demonstrate technical proficiency and musicianship. Memorization is required.li>
  • One movement of a standard solo harp concerto, such as Gliere, Ginastera, Boieldieu, or Debussy, performed from memory, or a single movement work, such as Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro or Pierne’s Concertstuck.

Live auditions are recommended. If you cannot attend one of the live general audition dates, you may submit video audition recordings. You will have the option to upload videos different from those you submitted for the prescreening round.

For questions regarding specific harp audition repertoire contact Dr. Laura Logan Brandenburg at l.logan@tcu.edu.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Misha Galaganov
Division Chair of Strings
Professor of Viola

817-257-6619
m.galaganov@tcu.edu